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Riviera Maya -Mexico- 2006

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An October 2007 trip to Playa del Carmen by Cantin2

Kitchenette area at Fishermens Village Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We visit this area usually yearly - often through a timeshare exchange. I'll share this summer vacation with you.

Riviera Maya -Mexico- 2006

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Overview

Towel Art Photo, Mexico, North America
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1. The up beat town of Playa del Carmen.2. The quiet stretches of the beach.3. Resorts of all types from quiet and romantic to busy and bustling - all-inclusive or "do-it-yourself" condos.4. Great margaritas made with fresh sweet limes - no mix!5. Ecological parks such as Xelha and Xcaret6. Mayan Ruins of Tulum7. Close to Cozumel for superb diving and snorkeling.8. Mariachis playing each evening9. Wonderful food of all kinds - especially flamed tequila shrimp.10. Inexpensive compared to the CaribbeanQuick Tips: 1. If renting a car, make reservations in the US - you'll get a better rate...but take along the paperwork or you may find that they'll rebook ...Read More

The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya

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Hotel | "The Grand Mayan"

The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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The most luxurious time share exchange that I've been to - 5 star - Gold Crown... all the way! We exchanged for a 2-bedroom unit. Grand Mayan has 7 buildings - 3 stories - all 2 bedrooms that can convert to a 1 bedroom with a studio lock off. All is marble and granite - Designer light wood furniture with black accents - tables topped with glass - dropped ceilings with pin lights - stainless appliances - frosted doors on showers and toilet stalls - Jacuzzi tub - soaking tub - mini pool on the deck - candles, aroma therapy oils and bath salts for the tubs - lounge chairs on the patio - lightweight waffle fabric robes and embroidered coverlet on King beds - What more could you want? Truly lux...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2007

The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya
Kilometro 48 Carretera Federal
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
984 2064000

Fishermen's Village

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Hotel | "Sunset Fishermen"

Kitchenette area at Fishermen's Village Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Not having visited in 2005 due to the hurricane damage, we drove through Playa del Carmen with mixed feelings - Eager to get back to this small resort directly on the beach, but also wondering in what shape we would find it. Was there any beach left - how had the pool and restaurant been restored - the spa - how would it all be??? As soon as we entered the lobby, a great feeling of peacefulness returned.The pool is better than ever with a large heated hot tub - more bronze sculptures have been added - a new palapa room above the entrance for relaxing, Internet access and also used for pre-qualifying for timeshare sales guests.New blue umbrellas and chair cushions have been added but th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2007

Fishermen's Village
Playacar Phase I
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Food Options at Mayan Resort

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Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan share a large resort between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. There are dining options here if you prefer to "stay put". More expensive than going into Playa, but if you don't have a car and take into consideration a $16 cab ride each way, it becomes more appealing. The beachside restaurant that was destroyed in 2005 by the hurricane is being rebuilt.POOL BARS - there are two of these with excellent waiter service - they will run a tab for the day. Watch for happy hour-usually at 11am and sometimes again late afternoon. The swim-up bar closest the poolside restaurant stay open late - 10pm or so depending on the crowd.BALCHI - the poolside restaurant serves brea...Read More

Mayan Resort - The Good and Bad

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New gym at Mayan Resorts Photo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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At most resorts that you visit there are things that you love and other things that you'd like to see changed. We've been to Mayan Palace and the Grand Mayan a few times. Here's my personal opinion of the good, the bad and the ugly...WHAT I LIKED:The friendly Mexican people.The cleanliness of the resort.The lush foliage.Lots of palapas, lounges, and more pool-beds each year. The gift shop is better than any in Playa - it carries lovely gifts and clothing.Pools are magnificent and clean - open late with great waiter service.In-resort transportation is excellent and dependable. They even take you to the highway for cheap buses to Playa and Cancun.Plenty of pla...Read More